Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption rights apply to leave granted to parents both before and after birth or adoption. The rights provide parents with the time needed to maintain family responsibilities while keeping their right to return to work. Fathers, adoptive parents and same-sex partners are entitled to paternity or maternity leave, adoption and shared parental leave.
This factsheet provides an introduction to maternity and paternity rights, including leave and pay both before and after childbirth. It outlines shared parental leave and looks briefly at adoption rights, which are now broadly in line with statutory maternity leave and pay. Lastly, the factsheet offers guidance for employers on implementing, monitoring and reviewing these policies.